[3A Composites] A registered trademark for a laminated foamboard. Gatorplast is made from a rigid polystyrene foam core laminated between two facing boards of high-impact polystyrene The strong, flat panels are lightweight, water-resistant and dimensionally stable.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Gator-plast (sp); Gatorboard
GatorPlast is used as a working surface for artist to support pastels, paintings and other media. It is commonly used to stretch water color paper. Gatorfoam is used in exhibition and displays as a backing board and mounting surface. It is also used for screen and digital printing.
- Under high heat can produce aromatic hydrocarbons including, styrene, ethyl benzene and other polymer fragments.
- May contain minute amounts of Formaldehyde.
- Skin and Eye Contact, Inhalation: Dust may cause irritation.
- 3A Composites: Safety Data Sheet
May emit acidic vapors. Increased off-gassing can occur with high heat and moisture.
Material is not recyclable or biodegradable.
Gatorplast can be cut with a utility knife, saw or router.
Exhibit Construction Reviews/Tips/Case Studies
AIC Link about Backing Inserts (http://www.conservation-wiki.com/wiki/Stretchers_and_Strainers:_Materials_and_Equipment )
GatorPlast® is available in black and white colors in a range of thicknesses (3/16", 1/2", 3/4", 1", 1.5", 2 in), widths (48" or 60") and lengths (96", 120")
Resources and Citations
- Abby Schleicher, contributed information, MWG group, 2020.
- Pam Hatchfield, Pollutants in the Museum Environment, Archetype Press, London, 2002
- 3A Composites Product sheet: Gatorplast